All Saints Day (November 1, 2017)
- First reading and Psalm
- Second reading
1 John 3:1-3 | New Living Translation (NLT)
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.
Today is All Saint’s Day. What do you think of when you think of a saint? Do you think of someone who has already gone on to their reward in heaven? We usually think of older people, who have lived a devoted life to Christ as a saint. We typically don’t think of younger people as saints. We also don’t think of those who haven’t gone through trials as saints.
The reality is that those who have received Christ as their Savior, who are living according to his commands are saints. In the words of John – we are children of God. Throughout the New Testament, especially in Paul’s letters, we hear the word saint used in relation to those who are following after Christ. So if you are dedicated to the cause of Christ and obeying his commandments and making disciples, you are a saint! How does that make you feel.
The children of God have a great promise which is alluded to in John’s letter. John also received a vision from Jesus – we call that vision the Revelation of Jesus Christ. It is the final book of the Bible and also written by John. In it we are given a glimpse of the hope and worship that awaits for the saint, when they are called home by God.
After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a great roar,
“Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne
and from the Lamb!”
And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. They sang,
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and strength belong to our God
forever and ever! Amen.”
Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?”
And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.”
Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.
“That is why they stand in front of God’s throne
and serve him day and night in his Temple.
And he who sits on the throne
will give them shelter.
They will never again be hungry or thirsty;
they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun.
For the Lamb on the throne
will be their Shepherd.
He will lead them to springs of life-giving water.
And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
So child of God, you are a saint that God wants to use and has a great reward awaiting for you.